Funding roundup

In Pennsylvania, Northampton Community College (NCC) this week received a $5,000 donation from Just Born Quality Confections — maker of marshmellow Peeps and other candies — toward the college’s endowed Promise scholarships. The company delivered the check to the college via its Peeps Mobile. The local company has a long-standing relationship with the college, providing donations for various events and programs.

“We’ve always been 100 percent supportive of NCC’s programs… These students are our future,” said Carol Saeger of Just Born.


Central Arizona College (CAC) students in the heavy equipment operator program will gain more hands-on experience thanks to a donation of a Caterpillar front loader and excavator. The equipment, valued at more than $135,000, comes from Vulcan Materials Company.

Students in the heavy equipment operator program will get seat time using industry-specific equipment. Meanwhile, students in the college’s diesel technology program will learn about the maintenance features.

“By giving students the opportunity to learn on up-to-date equipment, the student learning experience is enhanced, and ultimately companies will realize a better pool of trained operators to choose from when hiring employees,” said CAC President Jackie Elliott.


Harford Community College deepen students’ understanding of the civil rights movement thanks to a $97,118 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The college’s project will involve student research and oral history, curriculum development, community partnerships and the development of digital material on Harford County’s 20th-century civil rights history.


St. Charles Community College received a $1,975 grant from the Missouri Humanities Council to support the Missouri Visiting Writers Series. The series includes campus visits by three Missouri writers: Meagan Cass, Jamie D’Agostino and Allison Coffelt. They will speak with two creative-writing classes and give public readings of their work.


Jon Porter, a graduate of Washington State Community College’s medical laboratory technology (MLT) program, with instructor Lindy Lemley in the MLT lab. (Photo: WSCC)

Washington State Community College’s (WSCC) allied health programs will soon upgrade classroom equipment thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The college will purchase a ventilator, advanced microscopes and blood bank workstations that will benefit mainly the medical laboratory technology and respiratory therapy programs. The health sciences division accounts for about one-third of WSCC students. ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government with a focus on the Appalachian region.

“We know the healthcare field is very competitive, and we are committed to providing a classroom experience with great instruction using state-of-the-art equipment,” said WSCC President Vicky Wood. “These funds will enhance the equipment in our programs to give our students the best preparation for their future careers in the ever-evolving healthcare industry.”


Tulsa Community College’s (TCC’s) fundraising campaign received a $1 million gift from the Hardesty Family Foundation. It will help TCC move forward with plans for a student success center on its West Campus. The new facility will be named after Roger Hardesty and his wife, Donna Hardesty.

“TCC plays a major role in training and educating our community. If we expect the Tulsa area to continue to grow, we need to ensure we have a properly educated workforce. TCC is well positioned to fill this need and we are excited to be part of TCC’s future,” said Michelle Hardesty, executive director of the Hardesty Family Foundation.

The goal of TCC’s campaign, “Clearing the Pathway: The Campaign for Completion,” is to raise $20 million in private funds to support student scholarships, academic advisors, science lab renovations and diversity and inclusion outreach. The college also wants to put student success centers on all four campuses.

Tulsa Community College Regent Wes Mitchell thanks Konnie Boulter, the 2018 Tulsa Community College Foundation chair, and members of the Hardesty family and representatives from the Hardesty Family Foundation for a $1 million gift to the college. (Photo: TCC)


Gateway Technical College has received a $1.2 million bequest from the Beverly and Otto Tarnowski estate. The funds will go toward to the college foundation’s student emergency fund, manufacturing program support and the Gateway Promise program.

The legacy gift is added to the estate’s 2013 $804,000 gift to establish the Tarnowski Hall at Gateway’s SC Johnson iMET Center. The Tarnowskis were passionate about the mission of Gateway and the promise of education and training as a path for youth to succeed in life, according to the college.

“Beverly and Otto live in my heart and will live in the hopes and dreams of thousands of students in the years ahead. I miss their friendship but will forever be reminded of their commitment to serve others,” said Gateway President Bryan Albrecht.


Laramie County Community College (LCCC) has received an estate gift of $2.4 million from long-time Cheyenne resident Lois C. Mottonen to fund new scholarships and improve programs. Mottonen, who passed away in 2017, was a groundbreaker in the field of accounting, being the second woman in the state granted a certified public accounting license. The new scholarships will support business students participating in the Rediscover LCCC program, which provides educational opportunities for eligible state residents age 25 or older. The gift also will allow LCCC to establish the Center for Essential Student Experiences and create the Lois C. Mottonen Student Experience Fund. The center will develop, coordinate and facilitate opportunities for LCCC students to engage in specialized experiences that focus on collaboration, applied learning and immersion.

“LCCC is lucky to have community members such as Ms. Mottonen, whose planned giving support will impact generations to come,” said LCCC President Joe Schaffer.

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Tabitha Whissemore
is a contributor to Community College Daily and managing editor of AACC's Community College Journal.